Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I buy from you?
A: If you are local to Seattle area, see here. If not, here.
Q: Seattle City Council has passed a law to tax firearms and ammunition. Am I paying more for shopping at Precise Shooter?
A: No! First of all, the tax is not in effect until January 1st, 2016. More importantly, a broad coalition of gun rights organization and gun dealers - including Precise Shooter - is
fighting this law in court. We expect the court to issue a preliminary injunction before the law goes into effect. If it does not, Precise Shooter will move, as operating in a city
given this tax is economically impossible (we cannot pass a 40% tax to our customers, and we can't raise our prices to compensate for it). You will never have to be exposed to this
tax through our company!
Q: Do you take credit cards? Is there a fee?
A: Yes, we do, except on special-order Freedom Arms revolvers. There is no fee for paying with a credit card.
Q: Will you ship to California?
A: Yes. We have an account with CA DOJ and we are authorized to ship to California. However, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that
the item is legal. If it is not, you will be responsible for all the return shipping charges and 15% restocking fee.
Q: Do you take trade-ins?
A: Sometimes, but we are only interested in firearms that are not in current production. We do not take optics, magazines, tactical items, or anything like that.
The guns that we take in trade-in must match our personal collection which is focused on extremely accurate firearms (think Dan Wesson revolvers, competition pistols,
bench-rest quality rifles) and communist block military weapons, although a few Enfields and Mausers have managed to take root there recently as well. We never resell
the guns we receive in trade!
Q: Do you do layaways?
A: Yes, we do, with a 20% non-refundable deposit. We do not charge extra for this service. We do ask that the guns put on layaway are paid in full within 30 days,
or the deposit is forfeited. The firearms featured on the store page as "Gun of the Day" are not eligible for layaways.
Q: Can you stash a rifle for me? I am deciding between it and something else...
A: Sorry, but no. We can only hold the gun for you if you know for sure that you are buying it. If you do, we can hold it for you without a deposit for a couple
hours while you are driving to the store (if you are coming from afar), or we can hold it for you for 30 days under our layaway program, with a 20%
Q: I just bought something on the Internet, and need to ship it to a local dealer for transfer. Can you help?
A: Yes! Please see this page for the description of how this works.
Q: I-594 mandated that person-to-person sales we handled by a licensed dealer. How does this work?
A: It works roughly the same as any other FFL transfer. Please see this page for the description of the process.
Q: I sold a gun on the Internet. Can you ship it for me?
A: Sure! It is generally not required that an FFL ships a gun (see here), but occasionally you will encounter a
recipient who insists on shipping a gun from an FFL. Also, as a private individual you are barred from shipping handguns using Priority Mail, and FedEx and
UPS insist on the exorbitantly expensive next day service.
To have us ship your handgun, please do the following.
- Obtain the FFL license of the recipient FFL. You can either ask them to email or fax it to yourself, or to us (firstname.lastname@example.org or
fax 206 397-0865). If they fax it to us, we will forward it to you.
- For handguns, package the gun in Priority Mail flat rate box (if it fits), or a regular box, but DO NOT CLOSE THE BOX. Print a label for Priority
Mail (please do it online- DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT bring a gun to the post office. The address should
be premises address on the license, not mailing address. The gun will be mailed from 98103 area code.
- For long guns, package the gun in a shipping box (we occasionally have a few that we would be happy to give you for free - call store - 206 489-4907 - to
verify). DO NOT CLOSE THE BOX, and DO NOT WRAP THE GUN in a way so we could not inspect it. Print a label for FedEx Ground or Home Delivery -
depending on whether it is a residential or commercial address. Use FedEx web site to do so. Please insure the gun
to the full value, and select Direct Signature if the address is commercial, or Adult Signature if the address is residential.
- In both cases the gun needs to be insured for the whole value plus shipping, and there should be adult signature added to the shipping options.
- Bring the box and the gun to us.
If you have purchased the gun through us in the past, and are shipping it for warranty repair, we will do the rest for free. Otherwise we charge
$25, the same fee we charge for all other transfers.
Buying a gun for someone else
Q: Can I buy a gun for someone else?
A: Only if that other person is a memeber of your immediate family (husband, wife, a child, a parent, a grandchild, a grandparent), and the transaction is a
gift (i.e. you are not receiving money from the other party). In all other cases you can PAY for the firearm, but the other person will need to be the transferee.
Q: Can I buy a gun, go through the background check, and then immediately resell the gun to someone else via personal transfer process?
A: No. For the gun to be transferred to you, you need to truthfully answer the question 11a on Form 4473, "Are you the actual transferee/buyer of the
firearm(s) listed on this form?" If you are buying the firearm to resell it to someone, Supreme Court ruled, in Abramski v/ United States
that a positive answer to this question constitutes a misrepresentation. We will not be able to transfer the gun to you if you are reselling it to someone
Q: A firearm I am looking for is not very rare, but you don't have it in stock. Can you special order it for me?
A: Most likely, yes. Please see this page for details.
Q: I am looking for a super-rare gun that is out of stock anywhere. If I backorder it from you, when can I get it?
A: Unfortunately our distributors NEVER project ETA dates, and so we can't, either. On some guns backorder time can last for 6 months,
even a year. Some may never be received at all. Please see this page for what we can and cannot order.
Q: I am looking for a gun that is out of production. Can you find it for me?
A: Unfortunately, no. At the moment we deal only in new and surplus guns. We will be happy to help you with an FFL transfer
Q: I want a military surplus gun that you do not have in stock. Can you order one for me from (Century, SOG, SAMCO, ...)?
I would like a fully matching gun with a nice bore, 95% or better metal, and a decent stock.
A: Unfortunately, as we cannot guarantee the quality of military surplus firearms, we do not special-order them. We will be happy to help you with an
FFL transfer from one of many online sellers that do.
Q: Do you take guns for consignment?
A: No. Reselling guns acquired from private citizens is subject to a different, more complicated process (such as having it cleared by police).
We are not set up to do this.
Q: I am out of town and can not pick the gun up right away. Can you hold it for me?
A: Yes, if you are out of town, we will hold your gun for you for up to two weeks. If you are not traveling however, we prefer that the
gun be picked up within a week (excluding the time it takes for the paperwork to clear). If you fail to do this, we may sell it to the
next customer who expresses an interest in it.